PokerStars Purportedly to Return to the USA in 2014

PokerStars will be back in the United States sooner than you think. According to an industry report, due to a shift in the stance from the DOJ.

PokerStars will be back in the United States sooner than you think. According to an industry report, due to a shift in the stance from the DOJ.

PokerStars will be back in the United States sooner than you think. According to a report on CalvinAyre, the US Department of Justice has adopted a new approach regarding the upcoming prosecutions of those connected with online gambling. Assuming those being prosecuted are not US citizens and the companies they are affiliated with have no physical presence within the USA, the Department of Justice will accept corporate pleas and fines to resolve legal charges.

The stance greatly applies to the circumstances surrounding PokerStars’ founder, Isai Scheinberg. He was indicted on Black Friday 2011 and the report states that Scheinberg’s legal woes should finally be resolved in 2014. This would remove any legal impediments for PokerStars, which has been the chief delay to their return in the United States.

New Jersey is will be the first landing spot for PokerStars, who currently has Borgata (PartyPoker) and Caesars (WSOP) operating within the state’s borders. PartyPoker has been marketing heavily to put a stranglehold on the market as of late, recently inking a deal to sponsor two professional sports teams in the United States. A return to PokerStars would increase competition, which should end up being a boon for players in the Garden State.

PokerStars has already shelled out sizable amounts to the US Department of Justice years ago when Black Friday civil charges were resolved. Part of that deal was PokerStars’ willingness to make Full Tilt Poker’s debts to players a thing of the past, if Stars wished to purchase FTP. Stars is also trying to heavily invest in New Jersey, having blown millions trying to open up their own casino, and currently paying the Resorts Atlantic City to guarantee an open spot to do business once their legal issues are behind them.

While PokerStars has released millions of dollars to players, for the Full Tilt Purchase, for the New Jersey foothold, and for resolving their legal matters, it only seems like a bump in the road in terms of the long term future of the company. They have dominated the market wherever they operated and continue to hold a brand value that is tops in the industry. While many have predicted that PokerStars will indeed return in the next few years to the United States, this report and the purported shift in the DOJ’s legal stance should be good news for players.

Sean Gibson
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Sean Gibson
Sean Gibson has been an insider in the poker and casino industry for a number of years. Gibson has worked with many different media outlets and has covered events such as the World Series of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour Championship, and an infinite number of online events. He plays both 6-max and Full Ring No Limit Hold'em and can be found playing at either the Oceans 11 cardroom in Oceanside, CA or at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

Comments

aa88wildbill wrote...

It’s about time!

d44ve wrote...

With their legal issues aside, I am glad they are back! Besides, it looks like its not going to be original operators anyhow

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